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The Flamingos are Still Here!

Image taken on June 4th

Everyone, it’s official. I’m a bird nerd.

I was out and about with my island tour guests the other day when I spotted what I thought could be a flamingo eating in a salt pond near the road to Lameshur bays. I pulled over to get a closer look and was ecstatic to see one beautiful pink flamingo eating in the pond.

You may recall back in February when I told you all how a flamboyance of flamingos was spending time at the salt pond behind Salt Pond Bay. It was such an exciting story to tell because it is not common to have flamingos here on St. John these days. In fact, I can only think of a handful of times that a flamingo has been spotted on the island in the last decade.

I came to learn that flamingos are actually native, but all were eaten or lost to development until the reintroduction on Anegada in the British Virgin Islands back in 1992. I wasn’t certain if these flamingos were making a quick visit or if they were here to stay. Well, it seems that at least one is here to stay!

I took the following video on Sunday afternoon. 🙂

I have heard that the flamingos have been spending time between the salt pond behind Salt Pond Bay and this one, which is near Grootpan Bay. So if you happen to be in that part of the island anytime soon, keep your eyes open for these beautiful birds.

If you’d like to learn more about the flamingos here on St. John, please click this link to read the story I posted back in February.

That’s all I have for today. Happy bird nerd-ing!

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